How many births have you attended?
I have been attending homebirth since 2004, graduated midwifery school and became certified in 2007, and I have attended almost 300 births in that time. I keep my practice small so that I may afford you all the time you need at appointments, and you get to know me on more than a clinical level, so you feel comfortable.
What are your statistics on transfers, VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), and cesarean rate?
Because I am a homebirth-after-cesarean (HBAC) mom myself, I consider VBAC my specialty and embrace VBAC moms, including VBAmC (multiple c/s) or special scars (VBAssC). In my practice:
94.2% vaginal births
5.8% cesarean rate
How much does homebirth cost?
In 1997, when I was planning my first homebirth, there were a grand total of two qualified homebirth midwives in Kansas City. One was 20 minutes from my house and would have been covered almost entirely by insurance, and the other was 40 minutes from my house and we had to pay cash out of pocket. I chose the midwife that I felt safe with, that was warm & inviting with me, that made me feel like I was respected and cared for, and that was priceless to me. Honestly I would've paid double her price for the care I received. I chose the midwife that was the right fit for me personally--not based on money, because homebirth is an experience that I couldn't go back and do "right" if I chose the "wrong" midwife. If all you want is someone qualified to catch a baby at a dollar-store price, then perhaps I am not the right midwife for you. But if you want to be respected, cared for, and encouraged by a qualified midwife who makes you feel safe and comfortable like an old friend, then you can't go wrong when you pick the midwife that fits the qualities you want during the most intimate event of your life. I offer weekly or monthly payment plans via Paypal Installments. Let me know what you can afford per month, and I will set up a payment plan for you.
How long will you allow me to stay pregnant before you have to transfer for induction?
Firstly, take the words "allow" and "let" and get rid of them. I am not an authority over your body or baby; we work together as a team for health and safety. As long as everyone is healthy and motivated to continue to be patient for labor to begin, I watch you and baby closely but there is no cut-off for a healthy post-date pregnancy. On the opposite side of that, homebirth prior to 37 weeks is considered premature birth, and premature babies require extra care that is not available at home.
Do you practice delayed cord clamping?
I prefer to call it physiologic cord clamping, as leaving the cord alone in the immediate postpartum causes the vessels themselves to close and cease perfusion without any intervention. Thus a provider who practices premature cord clamping is depriving baby of one-third their blood supply. The timing is typically after placenta has birthed and you have made the choice to clamp/cut the umbilical cord, including the choice for cord burning or lotus birth. This is often an hour or more after birth, and only when you express you are ready.
Do you attend waterbirth?
Yes! I have myself given birth in water, and give it high praises. Approximately 70% of my clients choose waterbirth. Check out .
Do you have hospital privileges?
No, I exclusively attend homebirth.
How do you feel if I decline any testing?
I consider it my job to provide you with all the information you need about any test or procedure, so that you may make an informed choice with personal responsibility, including choosing to decline. Newborn procedures are treated with equal respect for your choices.
How many midwives or assistants are on your birth team?
I appreciate the apprenticeship method of midwifery training, and have occasionally accepted an apprentice in my practice. I also appreciate your need for privacy and intimacy at birth. The use of a birth assistant is considered on a case-by-case basis, and while my work as a midwife is also part doula, I love working with doulas if you would like to hire one yourself. But when you call my number, you get Me. There's no staff, no "students," and no busy office. You know who is going to always answer that phone.
If you have any further questions, I offer a free consultation, just or me anytime.
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